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An increase in the number of laboratory-confirmed measles cases has been observed in Ethekwini and Umgungundlovu districts from July 2017. Photo by Drew Hays on Unsplash

CHENNAI: Animal welfare activists have long been speaking about the cruel practices involved in poultry farming, especially the use of battery cages.

State health authorities are yet to procure a vaccine against the new strain. This, despite a strong recommendation by the state committee, in March this year, to prevent communicable diseases.

KOCHI: That the waste piled up on streets has a correlation with the spread of communicable diseases is an accepted fact, but most of the local bodies in the state have a poor record when it comes

HYDERABAD: Health minister C Laxma Reddy on Wednesday directed Telangana State Medical Services Infrastructure Development Corporation (TSMSIDC) to distribute five lakh mosquito nets in the agency

An unusually high number of patients in the state suffering from the H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu), primarily known to attack the upper respiratory system, have shown gastrointestinal symptoms t

The National Health Policy, 2017 approved by Union Cabinet focus on preventive and promotive health care and universal access to good quality health care services. The policy seeks to reach everyone in a comprehensive integrated way to move towards wellness.

Close scrutiny: Drinking water jars seized by Food Safety officials in Kozhikode on Saturday.
Food safety officials plan checks across Kozhikode as water crisis looms large

Estimating the burden of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) compared to other communicable diseases is an ongoing challenge given the need for good quality data on the incidence of these infections and the involved comorbidities. Based on the methodology of the Burden of Communicable Diseases in Europe (BCoDE) project and 2011–2012 data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) point prevalence survey (PPS) of HAIs and antimicrobial use in European acute care hospitals, we estimated the burden of six common HAIs.

Africa has the highest prevalence of communicable diseases in the world. In 2015, more than three times as many people died from AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, and more than ten times as many people died from malaria as in the rest of the world combined. Non-communicable diseases are also increasing on the continent.

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